|B1||To The Unknown Man||9:01|
|B2||3 + 3||9:43|
|Spiral (LP, Album, Stereo)||RCA Victor||AFL1-2627||US||1977|
|Spiral (LP, Album)||RCA Victor||PL-25116||Portugal||1977|
|Spiral (LP, Album)||RCA Victor||PL 25116||Belgium||1977|
|Spiral (LP, Album, Stereo)||RCA Victor||PL 25116||Germany||1977|
|Spiral (LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve)||RCA Victor||PL 25116||UK||1977|
- I just recently found this review from 1999, I wrote originally in german for my website, google helped translate it:
On his sixth (?) album, Vangelis once again delivers the perfect symbiosis of the old and new worlds. This exceptional musician combines synthesizers and orchestral instruments (bells, timpani, ...) like no other. The album begins with an arpeggiator sequence, with modulation of the filter. I guess the first minute of this track got me addicted to electronic music. I can only thank Juergen "Dete" Voigt for that, peace to his ashes. He introduced me to the world of Vangelis and Yello in 1986. On Spiral, 'To The Unknown Man' immediately felt familiar. A piece that, similar to parts of Oxygene and Equinoxe by Jean-Michel Jarre, is simply anchored in everyone's subconscious, because this music has often been used for TV documentaries. (I'm talking about the days of purely state television!) And that's meant in a positive way. I guess this record changed my taste in music forever and definitely belongs in the package of 10 records for the desert island - and I mean record too!! With the CD edition, the complete reverse side of the vinyl edition was dispensed with.
As I went 50 two years ago, I made up a list of 50 beloved albums. Spiral didn't make it, but China & Soil Festivities. So Spiral is also out of the 10 records for the island. But if I could choose one artist/band for the lonely island, it's VANGELIS! May he rest in peace.
- Hard to decide which is my favourite Vangelis album: this one or "Albedo 0.39"? "Dervish D" and "To The Unknown Man" are timeless masterpieces. Genius. R.I.P Master, the stars are waiting for you...
- This album is a must have! This is probably Vangelis' best album ever. The amazing opener, the easily recognisable Dervish D and the breathless power of To The Unknown Man. This is one of the best and I would recommend it absolutly!